404 Expect The Exceptional by Tony Alicea - Part 2

That Time I Stopped Tithing

I recently stopped tithing and I didn’t even feel bad about it. Mostly because both my wife and I had been unemployed so there really was nothing to tithe from. But I started my new job this week and now I’m considering if we should continue on this course of holding back the holy “tenth” […]

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Faith & Foolishness

At the end of the day, both my wife and I will be unemployed. At this point, I don’t know if I’m walking in faith or foolishness. Three months ago we moved to Charlotte with the goal of me leaving a job in ministry and going back into corporate America and my wife quitting her job […]

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What I’m Learning About Safe Faith

When you step out and take a risk with God, it’s tempting to think everything is going to happen just how you imagined. You’ve talked about it, prayed about it, presented your plan to God and subsequently felt His blessing on it. This is your faith offering so you trust that God will honor your […]

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When We Were United

THREE MONTHS AGO I was sitting on the couch when I looked over to Katie and said, “What about Charlotte?” I had been asking a variation of this question for the past few months. “What about Austin? What about Pittsburgh? What about Nashville?” I had no idea where to look. I didn’t even know if […]

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The God Of The Last Minute

Recently I’ve seen an unusually large number of people saying that God tends to speak at the last minute. And while I don’t think this is true, my actions betray my thoughts. It could be in regards to our personal lives, relationships, major life decisions or whatever. We can’t figure out what to do and […]

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The Power Of The Spoken Word

Most people think writers are great all-around communicators by default. But that’s not necessarily the case. Not all communication is created equal. I consider myself a pretty good communicator. Written communication always came naturally to me from a young age. My early relationships were comprised of an insane amount of note writing. My deepest sentiments of […]

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Are We Still Friends?

I’m terrible at keeping in touch. When I moved (for the first of three times in high school) away from my middle school best friend I promised I would write and call. We were so close and I couldn’t imagine my life without him. I did okay in the beginning. I made a couple of […]

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It’s Time To Go Outside

You can either be an astronomer or an astronaut. An anthropologist or an archeologist. A theologian or a living epistle. I’ve tended to be the former. It’s easy to study a subject and theorize all day without ever getting out to see it, touch it and experience it. At some point we have to put […]

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How Do You Measure Success?

If grace and life transformation can’t be quantified, how can Christians gauge true effectiveness? I’m so excited to announce my latest article was published in Relevant Magazine! I’m talking about our culture’s view of success and how looking at it through the eyes of the Kingdom of God flips success on it’s head. I’d love […]

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Why You Should Get Your Hopes Up

“Don’t get your hopes up.” Have you ever thought about why we say that? I mean, I realize that nobody likes to be disappointed. But is disappointment really the end of the world? I’ve prided myself on being a pretty steady guy. I’m a rock of stability, if you will. I don’t get too excited […]

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